Epoxy paint in the coop???

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Flashy2003, Jan 1, 2011.

  1. Flashy2003

    Flashy2003 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 31, 2010
    On my quest for the best first time coop I have many questions. I used to work for a water proofing company and we did this on commercial applications all the time. You might be more familiar with the Home Depot stuff. What Im talking about is painting the bottom of my coop and up the walls a few inches with a 2- part epoxy type paint. Just like the stuff people put on there garage floors or on steps and walk ways. Its non toxic when dried. I figured it would make clean up a lot easier. And keep the wood in the coop from soaking up waste. Any thoughts??
  2. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 31, 2008
    as long as you let it totally dry so there is no more off gassing it should be fine

    read the label carefully. look for the VOC (volatile organic compound) you want the label to say low VOC`s

    If its the product I think it is you are fine


    this one should be ok too cause its rated for indoor/outdoor use
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2011
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Epoxy paint works real good although I totally do not see the point of going to the trouble/expense for a chicken coop. Do be sure to wear a proper respirator mask with fumes-type cartridge in it (not just a dust mask), as epoxy fumes are BAD.

    Truthfully though I see no advantage of epoxy paint over just plain ol regular paint, particularly a properly done paintjob (surface prep, dust removal, thin coat of primer, then coupla thin coats of paint) and particularly if you use exterior semigloss. That will be QUITE sufficient, and you can use remnants or mistints if available.

    Good luck, have fun,

  4. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2010
    I used Sherwin Williams paint both inside and outside the coop. It seems working fine so far.
  5. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
  6. RIBill

    RIBill Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2010
    I will second the drying time recommendation. Just because it is dry to the touch, doesn't mean it's fully cured. Most epoxies are going to off gas as they cure for up to a month. With birds living in a confined space, you don't want any fumes remaining. Don't even put litter in there while it's curing either. I will say that exterior Behr Ultimate (or extreme or something) is holding up quite well to repeated scraping with a dustpan. I don't do the deep litter method, so I have to partially change the litter every few weeks.
  7. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    Nothing wrong with it at all. Epoxies are not usually direct to wood applications though. Your probably better off just using a deck urathyane paint. It's direct to wood, glossy and durable with only 1 application. 2 coats if your have the time and material. It's all about what you can find cheaper that works and is easy to install while only having to do the job once because it lasts.

    With any paints whether declared a low VOC or not you should always provide proper ventilation untill it cures. Drying and curing are two different things. In general two days of curing at room temp is suffcient to removal of 90% of the gases that will be released. Total curing is one month, but that's small amounts over the course of the month and nothing to worry about.

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